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I got 2, planning on sli with a 680i

but I was looking up specs and it says that 2 of these cards is greater than a 8800 ultra?
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/d...%2C1617%2C1563
in more than one test, is that true? (320mb G80 version)

cause if it is then I just got greater performance for a what 500$ now? card for only 160$!!

lol>>>> http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-Video-...p-1-c-268.html
the GTS is still cheaper than most of the 8600 cards no brainer much??
Edited by ZTR1760 - 5/19/08 at 7:37pm
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well, for now its a no brainer, but you will occupy both your PCI-E slots for the performance of 1 single card. if you got an ultra or gtx then you could get another one down the road for even better performance.
    
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tru but I dont mind using another slot to save 400$$ thats just me, and by the time I would have saved up 1k$ for 2 ultras they will have been way outdated and might as well spend the money on a newer card.


yea not to shabby performance for 160$ Im happy lol now for FedEx to ship them and get some benchies
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Yeah, two 320's will be faster ... as long as you don't play games using settings that will cause them to actually utilize >320MB of VRAM. Once you get up there in higher resolutions/AA levels, the 320's will begin to lag behind the Ultra in FPS and general 'smoothness' of play because they don't have that much memory...

Take crysis, for example, I believe that with textures on high or above, and the resolution at 1680x1050 or above, even without AA, the Ultra would start to pull ahead of the 320's. But then crysis is quite the vram hog ... still, though, even old games like Stalker or even Doom 3 (on ultra quality) can exceed the 320MB available when played at 1680x1050 and start slowing down/hitching pretty noticeably.

Long as you only care about 1280x1024 or below, though, you can't go wrong with the 320's for what they cost.
    
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yea its only on a 19 inch monitor, that and its a budget build. I knew that at higher res9lutions it woldn't be as fast but its a good start and can be cheaply upgraded to the new 9xxx series later.
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If I were you I'd rather get 9600GT SLI.

G80 doesn't have video acceleration so it's hard to use everyday in SLI. As a single card it works just fine, but when it comes to playing some slightly higher resolution videos in SLI, it'll cause problems even when set to single GPU rendering method. Besides, 9600GT scales better in SLI.
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